For example, the applets in the Windows 8 Control Panel can be used to change network settings, setup a storage space, manage display settings, and much more.
Before you can make any of these changes to Windows 8, you'll need to open the Control Panel.
Time Required: Opening Control Panel in Windows 8 should only take you a few seconds.
Applies To: You can open Control Panel this way in any edition of Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.
- While on the Start screen, swipe up to switch to the Apps screen. With a mouse, click on the downward-facing arrow icon to bring up the same screen.
Note: Prior to the Windows 8.1 update, the Apps screen is accessible by swiping up from the bottom of the screen, or right-clicking anywhere, and then choosing All apps.
Tip: See Tip #1 at the bottom of the page for a very quick way to open Control Panel in Windows 8... if you have a keyboard or mouse.
- On the Apps screen, swipe or scroll to the right and find the Windows System category.
- Press or click on the Control Panel icon under Windows System.
- Windows 8 will switch to the Desktop and open the Control Panel.
By default, the Control Panel in Windows 8 opens in the Category view, but I recommend changing it to the arguably easier to manage Small icons or Large icons view.
Tip: Not sure what all those Control Panel icons are for? See my List of Control Panel Applets in Windows for full explanations.
- If you're sporting a keyboard on your Windows 8 system, you can press the WIN and X keys together to access the Power User Menu, which has a shortcut for Control Panel.
Additionally in Windows 8.1, right-clicking on the Start button, including a press-and-hold or stylus right-click, will also bring it up.